Major Annual Events and Festivals in Munich, Germany
Annual Event Highlights Munich
On a side note: In 2018 Munich will be 860 years old.
Mardi Gras / Fat Tuesday
Hundreds of balls are organized during the Mardi Gras season in Munich – from classic black and white balls, to colorful masked balls. “München Narrisch,” a celebration of Mardi Gras antics with music, masks and dancing, takes place in the city’s pedestrian zone on the Sunday before Carnival, on Shrove Monday and Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras).
One of the high watermarks of Mardi Gras in Munich is the dance of the Women of the Market at Viktualienmarkt on Fat Tuesday at 11 a.m.
Strong beer season
Starts ca. last Friday in February for 16 days until the middle of March The traditional serving of springtime strong beer in Munich always begins at the end of the carnival season (Mardi Gras) during Lent. Depending on the location the strong beer season lasts about four weeks. The official opening is attended by numerous notables, when the keg is tapped at the inn “Paulaner Wirtshaus am Nockherberg” (exact date TBD). The strong beer festival is also celebrated at Löwenbräukeller, with performances by groups dressed in traditional attire and a stone-lifting contest (strong beer finals with contest), and at other locations. The people of Munich owe this “spring diet” to the monks, who have brewed a particularly nourishing beer since the olden days, in order to endure the rigors of fasting during Lent.
The people of Munich owe this “vernal cure” to the monks, who long ago already brewed an especially nourishing beer during the Lenten season in order to give strength to bodies weakened by fasting.
Löwenbräukeller (www.loewenbraeukeller.com), Paulaner am Nockherberg (www.paulaner-nockherberg.com)
Spring Festival on Theresienwiese
Ca. mid of April until early May
An amusement park with over 100 rides and other attractions, plus various beer tents with daily new live bands draw people to the Theresienwiese to party. Visitors can expect a lively program.
Organizers: Events Association of the Munich Carneys (www.muenchner-volksfeste.de)
Auer Dult – the fair that draws 300. 000 people
Fans of flea markets, crockery collectors and those who delight in Bavarian specialties will find all they need at this event, and so will the connoisseurs young and old of carousels.
End of April/early May: “Mai” Dult (SPRING-DULT)
End of July/early Aug: Auer “Jakobi” Dult (SUMMER-DULT)
Mid of October: Auer “Kirchweih” Dult (FALL-DULT)
BMW Open Tennis Tournament
End of April until approx. first week of May
Location: Tennisstadion Iphitos, www.iphitos.de
Munich Film Festival
End of June until early July
The international film scene presents itself in Munich. Movie fans, international stars, upcoming talent, representatives of the film industry and journalists meet to discover new films together. The program includes numerous German and international premieres. The venues for the festival are the movie houses along the “Isar strip,” from the Rio-Kino and the Gasteig, the movie houses at the Forum of the Deutsches Museum and the Maxx, all the way to Munich’s Film Museum.
Internationale Filmwochen GmbH, Web: www.filmfest-muenchen.de
Tollwood summer festival
End of June until mid of July
The tent shows in Olympiapark include an exciting mix of international musicians, theater groups, performances and live music. Any visit to Tollwood is special owing to the art and culture as well as the popular market of ideas featuring arts and crafts and gastronomical specialties from around the world.
starts mid September and runs ca. 16 days. For details see
Oktoberfest, Munich (Information, Date, and more)
Tollwood winter festival
Each year from end of November until December 31
In winter, the Tollwood festival invites visitors to an atmospheric Christmas market, theater and music located in various tents on Theresienwiese. The large tent is devoted to a special kind of musical theater with an exclusive menu.
Each year from end of November – December 24
Munich holds its traditional Christkindl market on Marienplatz. A huge Christmas tree all covered in lights towers over the many stands all aglow with pre-Christmas magic. Advent music is performed live every evening at 5.30 p.m. from the balcony of the Town Hall.